Gould Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

August 9, 2017

The Gould Academy Board of Trustees welcomed three alumni to its ranks this past May when Samuel W. Adams ’77, P’18, Richard Foyston ’75, P’14, and Pamela M. Senese ’82 were elected to serve.

Samuel W. Adams

Sam is a proud Gould alumnus and, along with his wife Kelly, the parent of Nick ’18. Both Sam and Kelly are active members of the Gould Parents Association, and Sam has been involved with Gould for many years, including serving on the Gould Academy Alumni Board. Currently, Sam is the Managing Director of Woodhull Capital Advisors, a business consulting firm located in Freeport, Maine. Sam has an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and a law degree from Washington & Lee University and has held several positions in corporate law and finance. Sam is also on the Board of Trustees at the Maine Island Trail Association and is an avid fly fisherman, sailor, and skier.

“As a current parent, alumnus, and representative of the Alumni Board, I’m honored to serve Gould as a Trustee,” says Sam. “Gould has given so much to our family; it is an indelible part of our lives. It’s wonderful to have the chance to give back in this way.”


Richard Foyston

Rick is a native of Canada but currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he is the Chairman of Navis Capital Partners and one of the firm’s three founders. With offices in six countries across southeast Asia, Navis is one of the region’s largest private equity firms. Before co-founding Navis, Rick was a partner with The Boston Consulting Group where he worked in the firm’s Boston, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur offices. After graduating from Gould, Rick received an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Rick is the father of four, including daughter, Zahara ’14, also a Gould graduate and currently a student at the University of British Columbia.

“I’m delighted to find myself interconnecting with Gould for the third time – first as a student, later as a parent, now as a Trustee. With so much going on in the world, there is perhaps as much urgency as ever to prepare our young people to be ready to shape their future, as well as ours! I’m convinced that Gould has a vital role to play.”


Pamela M. Senese

Pamela has been an active and engaged alumna almost since graduation day in June of 1982. A professional educator since 1987, Pamela is currently a first-grade teacher at Dedham Country Day School in Dedham, MA where she has taught for the last 15 years. During her 30 year career, Pamela has also taught at The Park School, Tenacre Country Day School, Dana Hall School, and Nashoba Brooks School. Pamela holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and has volunteered on the Wheelock College Alumni Association. Pamela has served Gould in several capacities, including Class Agent, Class Reunion Co-Chair, and four terms on the Alumni Board. Pamela was the recipient of the Gould Academy Alumna of the Year Award in 1997. Pamela is an active skier and spends most of her winter weekends on the slopes at Sunday River.

“I have always considered the Gould community as an extension of my family. Over the years it has remained a constant in my life, and I look forward to supporting the mission of the school in my new role.”

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